16 September 2017

Reminder for PM Students

Reminder for all PM kindergarten students:
This Monday, September 18th there will be NO PM kindergarten held due to district meetings that afternoon.  Please do not send your child to school that day.  AM students will have their regular class on that day and be dismissed at 11:15 am.  Thank you.

15 September 2017

Teddy Bear Picnic And Our Five Senses

This week we were able to bring our teddy bear or favorite stuffed friend to school and enjoy the day together.  Each class celebrated by reading the story "Teddy Bear's Picnic" and listening to the song while looking at pictures in the book.  We were able to sort our bears in a variety of ways and talk about more/less in the groups we created.  Students were able to help create a venn diagram finding things that are the same/different about real and teddy bears.  We shared bear snacks, fish (crackers), honey (honeycomb cereal), berries (raisins), and river water (blue punch).  It was a fun day!

We have been learning about our five senses and how they help us learn about the world around us.  Ask your child to tell you his/her five senses.  Students also learned that different things are made up of parts such as our bodies.  Each of our senses is associated with a specific part of our body.  As you spend time with your child talk about the five senses and discuss how we use our five senses all the time to help us learn!

This week we also learned more about fictional bears and stories, especially Goldilocks And The Three Bears.  We compared fact and fiction books and talked about how story books need to be read from the beginning to the end for the story to make sense.  We focused on stating the beginning, middle, and end of the various bear stories we read.  The vocabulary words "characters", "setting", "problem" and "solution" were introduced to the students.

We read several versions of the story of Goldilocks And The Three Bears throughout the week.  Students had the opportunity to practice retelling the story with partners at school.  Look for a bag coming home with the three bears characters in it.  Ask your child to retell the story to you in the correct order and then restate the beginning, middle, end.

Students had fun playing several math games with bear counters to practice identification of numbers 0-5 and counting with one to one correspondence.  Learning spatial relations (position words) is one of our core skills to pass off this month.  We practiced basic position words such as above/below, near/far, on/off, over/under, up/down, in/out, beside or next to and in between with a teddy bear.  Please work on using these words at home with your child.

09 September 2017

School Carnival

Please join us on the evening of Monday, September 11th from 5:00-8:00 pm for food, games, rides and fun!  This fundraiser will help contribute to the budget for the PTA to assist in making our school even better.  Please support your child's school by enjoying the school carnival.



08 September 2017

Bear Facts

This week we continued working on learning school and classroom procedures.  Students are doing a fantastic job of learning what to do each day in kindergarten.  We are also practicing our Bears school motto:
Being Responsible
Ever Respectbful
Always Kind
Really Hard Working
Super Friendly

We are reading and learning about black bears and the Sierra Bonita mountains.  We began our study of bears by introducing students to fact books (non-fiction books) to assist in learning true facts about black bears.  After reading several fact books students helped generate a list of bear facts.  Then they each chose their favorite bear fact and illustrated it.

This week we have been focusing on learning or reviewing a letter sound each day.  As well as identifying words that begin with that sounds.  We have also been working on discriminating between sounds at the beginning of words.   Have your child identify if two words you say begin with the same sound or different sounds. Don't forget to have your child practice a home or cell phone number.

02 September 2017

Labor Day - No School

Please remember there will be no school on Monday, September 4th due to the Labor Day holiday. See you on Tuesday.  
Thank you!

01 September 2017

First Days

We really enjoyed our first few days of school.  These days were so busy and fun.  We introduced many procedures and appropriate classroom behaviors.  Students will practice these procedures every day throughout the year.  We were able to do a literacy hunt around the school during which students found and read simple sentences promoting reading and writing success.  At the end of the hunt they found a literacy bag with some items inside to encourage literacy.


We also began learning about our school and its mascot.  We will be spending some time learning about the Sierra Bonita mountains and the bears that live there.

Students participated in a discussion about being "paws-itive".  They had the opportunity to write and illustrate something they can do to positively effect those around around them.  For example, "I can be kind to others." or "I can help my friends."  Developing kindness and empathy is a critical component of a child's development.

Please continue to practice all letter names and sounds of the alphabet and writing your first name correctly (capital letter to begin and lower case for all other letters in the name).

Thanks for all of your help and support.  We are looking forward to a fantastic school year!

30 August 2017

Picture Day

Reminder!

School Picture Day will be held on Friday, September 1st.